I'm having the same issue on my wife's phone, so I logged in to developer page (http://developer.apple.com) and I was able to download the GM version.
I'm a developer, but since I didn't extend my membership, I'm basically same as any regular user. I think you can just create a developer account (even though you don't plan to develop apps). It's free. And then go to iOS Developer Center and download proper iOS 6 from there.
Hope that helps.
I have spent the better part of this morning trying to get my Iphone 4S, iOS 6 beta operational again after the beta expired yesterday. I know I could just restore it to factory defaults but that would leave me with an empty device. Since I had no backup I needed to update to the release version of iOS 6 without data loss.
Which I was able to do.
1: Download the correct .ipsw from Apple Link (this is ios 6 for the 4S)
2: Start iTunes
3: Connect your iphone and wait until it is verified (and that it fails because the beta has expired)
4: ALT-Click (Mac OS) the "Check for Update" button (I do not know the equivalent combination for Windows. Just try)
5: In the Open-File dialog box find and select the file downloaded under step 1
6: Wait for your Iphone to be update to the lastest iOS 6 version with all your data intact!
I was close to crying this morning when I discovered my beta has expired leaving me with the choice of knowing that I had my data on the phone, but with no way of accessing them - and reseting the phone to factory defaults to make it usable but in the process losing all my data.
These few steps got me a working phone with my data intact.
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Hi Ulf Thomas, I have downloaded the software and tried that.
I keep getting the same error saying that the device is not elegible for rebuilt.
I am not a developer a friend downloaded the beta version on my phone and now it is telling me that it should be activated. When I plug it into itunes, I can see the phone and the information on the phone as well.
I have tried to both update and restore the phone with itunes, pressing option and selecting the software.
It is not working.
Can anyone help me ?
This is a bit ridiculous on Apple's part. I found 2 of my devices that I use to develop (my old 4S that my wife now has, and my old iPad 2 that my son uses), and both were just dead this morning. No warning that a beta was expiring--and of course when I checked for an update I was told all was fine and that I had a current version of the software! That is not the proper way to ease out of a beta program!
Ulf, I'm downloading the ipsws now. I hadn't realized you can option-click the "check for update" as well as the restore button. You might have just saved me hours of pain reinstalling everything. If so, thank you very much!!
There is a way to force your phone into recovery mode. Look for a link, but it's something like: hold the power/lock button down til the phone hard shuts down (just goes blank). Press some combination of keys to restart, then hit the home button at a certain time. That's not exact obviously but a quick search should find what you're looking for. At that point hopefully you can then plug the phone into iTunes and it'll go out to find a restore image for you. That would be my best bet at this point.
Here are the steps:
- Turn off the iPhone (you can hold down the Sleep button, or use Sleep + Home, and release as soon as the screen shuts off).
- Hold down the Home button while connecting to your computer with iTunes already open and ready for a connection.
- iTunes will prompt you to perform a software restore.
- Your iPhone will obviously be wiped new and be reset as a result and you wil have a working iPhone again.